• R, 1 hr. 46 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:    Gus Van Sant
  • In Theaters:    Jan 4, 2013 Wide
  • On DVD:    Apr 23, 2013
  • Focus Features

Promised Land Reviews

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Kent Jones
Film Comment Magazine
November 5, 2013

Damon and Krasinski's script isn't completely solid, but it follows a believably wayward path to a lovely, muted ending.

Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
June 18, 2013

An engaging film about the dangers of fracking and the crass manipulation employed by its proponents.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor
May 16, 2013

It's more middle of the road than transcendent, but Promised Land offers a quietly engaging and even-handed look at a controversial issue.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeremy Lebens
We Got This Covered
May 7, 2013

Gus Van Sant's Promised Land is an engaging performance-driven drama that works more often than not.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
April 27, 2013

... Van Sant's eye and sense of poetry no doubt elevate what's essentially an updated Frank Capra story ...

Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
April 19, 2013

Thee film-makers' sincerity so indisputable, that Promised Land never entirely spins off the rails. It's hard to swallow, but easy to digest.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
April 19, 2013

Hydraulic fracturing might not be the most compelling subject for a movie, but it provides a topical backdrop for this engaging drama about ethics.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
April 18, 2013

A flawed but watchable eco-drama - heavily indebted to a wittier anti-corporate movie, Local Hero, made 30 years ago.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
April 18, 2013

The latest film from Gus Van Sant is a thought-provoking and emotionally engaging smalltown drama with a strong script and a terrific central performance from co-writer Matt Damon.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
April 17, 2013

A compelling glimpse into a world of corporate chicanery where unscrupulous business giants casually toss decent chaps like Butler into the fray to take the, er, frack.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
April 15, 2013

Northern Exposure with Jason Bourne. Which is a backhanded way of saying this is far from the challenging movie it promised to be.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David 'Mad Dog' Bradley
Rip It Up
April 14, 2013

Quietly powerful, this has a fine cast and yet it's very much Damon's movie, as he delivers his finest, most subtly nuanced performance yet and, remarkably, actually allows himself to look, ahem, older.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Emma Simmonds
The List
March 26, 2013

An earnest, fundamentally likeable film which challenges us to question what we're told rather than calling us to arms.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dave White
March 14, 2013

Its quiet nature may give it longer legs over time, slipping its way into cable viewing, but it'll have to reach way beyond the typically urban Gus Van Sant audience to make the impact it wants.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
March 13, 2013

...neither a firebrand nor a puppyish Oscar-chaser. It's becalmed, downright mellow at times.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
February 28, 2013

As schematic as it is, "Promised Land" benefits from the tremendous appeal of its cast.

Full Review | Original Score: **1/2
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
February 14, 2013

Director Van Sant's heart doesn't appear to be quite in it.

Andrew Pulver
February 8, 2013

Gus Van Sant's fracking drama pits Matt Damon's energy executive against John Krasinski's eco-dreamboat in a battle for the minds of backwater farmers and the heart of Rosemarie DeWitt's moony schoolma'am.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
February 4, 2013

The makers of Promised Land clearly object to fracking but attempt, not always successfully, to explore the issue without stacking the deck in favor of its viewpoint.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Diana Saenger
January 17, 2013


Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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